Meet the 2013 DLF Forum Fellows and Travel Award Winners

ARL/DLF Fellowships for Underrepresented Groups

Mohamed Berray
I am a Resident Librarian at the Penn State University Libraries where I currently work with the Social Science Library. This will be my first participation in the DLF Forum, and I am very excited about the opportunity. The DLF Forum will not only give me a big picture of the digital library landscape, it also offers opportunities for potential contributions based on my growing interest and expertise in digital libraries. I am especially interested in the changing models of scholarly communication with the advent of open access, and our role as librarians in archiving institutional outputs in digital repositories. I look forward to meeting and collaborating with colleagues and enjoying the lovely atmosphere in Austin.

Christina Chan-Park
My name is Christina Chan-Park, and I am the Science Librarian at Baylor University. I am currently working on an MS in Information Science from the University of North Texas with an emphasis on Digital Curation. Before that I received a PhD in Geophysics from the University of British Columbia, MPA from the University of Houston, MS in Geophysics from Stanford University, and AB in Geology from Princeton University. As a scientist, I am acutely aware of the growing need to curate and manage datasets. I look forward to learning at the DLF Forum more about the theory and tools behind digital curation and how they are actually put into practice. I will also be part of a panel presentation at the DLF Forum with colleagues from three other universities.

Eugenia Kim
My name is Eugenia Kim, I am the Digital Archivist for Emerson College. Prior to arriving at Emerson, I was with the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and Purdue University Libraries. My current research is in the areas of digital dance preservation, data curation for East Asian history, and interactive online environments for the digital humanities. I am most looking forward to the workshop sessions at this year’s ARL/DLF Forum as well as the opportunities to meet new people through those sessions.

Myrna Morales
A teacher and librarian by training I spend my time maintaining websites, supporting internal technology systems, and integrating new technologies into community organizations and governmental agencies. Prior to my work as a technology diffusion specialist, I worked as an educator in a number of public school districts, using the writing process and Capoeira to capture the imagination of the youth to connect with the world around them. I have a rich background in medical education, education and library and information science. This has helped me understand that information is not only a tool that enables, permits and creates injustices, but is one of the pillars in structural racism. My research interests: eScience librarianship, social and ethical implications of data management and use, and radical scholarly publishing. Twitter:, website:

Manuel Ostos
I am a Humanities Librarian for Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese Languages and Literatures, Latin American, Caribbean, and Latina/o Studies at Penn State University Libraries. I regularly consult and collaborate with faculty and students on projects related to digital scholarship and pedagogy. My current research areas include humanities research methods, digital humanities and scholarship, collections management, and Latin American Studies. Prior to coming to Penn State, I worked at the Institute of Christian Oriental Research at Catholic University of America Libraries in Washington, DC, and held teaching positions at the University of New Mexico and Indiana University Bloomington.

DLF Forum Fellowships for New Professionals

Leslie Barnes
I am a second-year MSLS student at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), focusing on digital libraries and archives, humanities data curation, and the digital humanities. While at SILS, I have worked as a Carolina Academic Libraries Associate with the Carolina Digital Library and Archives, helping to support digital scholarship at UNC-CH and develop a digital humanities tool portfolio at the UNC Libraries. I also have a keen interest in book and media history, fields I believe help enrich our understandings of the digital.

Eleanor Dickson
I am a recent graduate of the UT iSchool and 2013-2015 Research Library Fellow in the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University. My primary assignment at Emory includes advancing digital preservation and web archiving initiatives in the University Archives. I love learning and thinking about solutions to make digital collections more findable, accessible, and usable. I am excited to be headed back to Austin for the DLF Forum and the opportunity it presents to hear about exciting work being done in digital repositories, data curation, and digital humanities. Twitter:

Gloria Gonzalez
I am Gloria Gonzalez, the Digital Archivist at UCLA Library Special Collections. I served as a Junior Fellow for the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program at the Library of Congress in 2011 and received my MLIS with a specialization in archival studies from UCLA in 2013. I bring a technical background and strong interests in information ethics—including privacy, intellectual property, and ownership rights—to my work with digital materials collected and created by Library Special Collections. This work falls into two categories, streamlining digitization workflows and creating a program to provide access to archival materials created in digital format. I’m looking forward to learning about the work of others in these areas at the DLF Forum, but what mostly excites me is the chance that I may leave the Forum with an answer to a question that often arises from the nature of my work: am I an archivist or a librarian? Twitter:

Mike Nutt
I am the digital media librarian in the Digital Library Initiatives (DLI) department at North Carolina State University Libraries. I serve as editor-in-chief of the content program for the large video walls that are architecturally integrated into NC State’s new James B. Hunt Jr. Library. During my recently completed a two-year Fellowship at the Libraries, I led a strategic initiative to design and implement innovative social media engagement strategies. As part of that initiative, I was the product lead for My #HuntLibrary, a crowdsourced photo documentation project that garnered more than 2800 images from over 1100 photographers. I am looking forward to meeting and learning from the digital library leaders that will be in attendance at the Forum in Austin. Twitter:

Scott Young
Hi! I’m a Digital Initiatives Librarian at Montana State University, where I design and develop projects related to digital content and the web. As a new professional to the field, I’m beginning to establish research interests in user experience, social media, search, linked data, and the semantic web. The DLF Forum allows me to connect with an engaged and thoughtful community of fellow librarians and researchers from whom I can learn immeasurably at this early stage. During this year’s Forum I will be presenting research developed with Kenning Arlitsch, Jason Clark, and Patrick O’Brien that explores the foundational value of indexable content in building search tools for digital collections. I’m excited to share this research, meet new people, and gain new inspiration and ideas this November. Twitter:, blog:

ER&L + DLF Cross-Pollinator Travel Awards

Angela Dresselhaus
Hello DLF community, my name is Angela Dresselhaus. I am the Acquisitions and Electronic Resource Librarian at the University of Montana in beautiful Missoula. Attending the DLF forum will be an excellent opportunity for me to expand my professional network into the digital library community. These connections are important to me because I seek ideas and opportunities to broaden the scope of library acquisitions and electronic resource management. I am grateful for the opportunity to attend the DLF Forum and I look forward to the experience. SelectedWorks:

Jill Emery
I am currently the collection development librarian at Portland State University and am investigating how to bridge the gaps developing between the development of digital library and traditional library management and resource processing. I can best be described as a: First time DLF Forum attendee, long-time ER&L participant. The roles I have held in my professional career have been focused on acquisitions, collection development, and the increasing electronic resource management that is needed in order to accomplish acquisitions and collection development of outside resources. As local content creation becomes an ever growing part of the university library, understand how to manage and balance local content creation with the purchase of outside resources becomes increasingly important. Attending the DLF Forum will help on many levels of my career, scholarly agenda, and in reaching my professional goals by exposing me to the ever-growing development of digital library management within the greater academic library enterprise. Twitter:, blog:


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